THE HARPER FAMILY NEWSLETTER

 

Volume 4 Editor - Marsha L. Fuller Spring 1999

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

 

 

 

Since our big reunion is only a year and a half away, itís time to nail down all of the final details. Itís amazing how much advance planning is needed for something like this. Places and people have to be booked way in advance to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

 

 

Tom tells me it was just "dumb luck," but I'm not buying it. I met him in August 1997 and, I can tell you, he's the kind of person who creates his own luck and then "stumbles" into it. Thanks, Tom, we all owe you a HUGE debt of gratitude!!!

Tom adds: "One thing probably worth noting is that it appears the family that remained in Barenbach used the Herber spelling. Our family took on Herper. So, the folks that came to America together were Philipp's cousins and not his brothers or sisters."

BORN IN GERMANY

Johann Adam Herper (Johannes & Anna Herper of Bärenbach) bp. 02 Apr 1671 d. 10 Jan 1738

m. Eva Catharina Faller (Nikolaus & ___ Faller of Niederweiler) bp. 29 Mar 1674 d. 16 Dec 1741 m. 24 Jan 1696 in Niederweiler

 

1. Elisabetha Catharina bp. 08 Dec 1696

2. Maria Margaretha bp. 12 Oct 1698

3. Johann Wilhelm bp. 25 Apr 1701

4. Maria Gertraud bp. 23 Jan 1704 d. 23 Aug 1704

5. Johann Matthes bp. 23 Aug 1705

6. Johann Nickel bp. 6 May 1708 d. 3 May 1714

7. Anton (Hans Adam) bp. 12 Oct 1710

8. Philipp bp. 27 Sep 1712

 

1st GENERATION IN AMERICA

Philipp Harper the Pioneer 1712-1798 (Johann Adam Herper & Eva Catharina Faller) m. Anna Elisabetha Kauffmann (Nickel & ____ Kauffmann) - married in Germany on 12 Jan 1740

 

1. Eva Elisabetha Harper b. 3/25/1742 Niederweiler

2. Eva Catharina Harper b. 4/14/1744 Niederweiler

3. Nicholas Harper b. 3/26/1747 Niederweiler

4. Philip Harper, Jr. b. 2/17/1750 Niederweiler

5. Johan Jacob Harper b. 3/20/1752 Berks Co., PA

6. Margaret Harper b. 1753 America

 

So, now we know that Philip and Anna Elisabetha Harper brought four children with them to America.

We also know that Jacob Harper (who came to America with Philip Harper the Pioneer and later went to Kentucky) is not the brother of Philip after all. Perhaps they were cousins. Only time and research will tell!

The full report from Germany can be viewed on the Harper Family Website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Harper Family Newsletter is published once a year by:

The Harper Cemetery Association

HC 66 Box 10 B, Hendricks, WV 26271

Editor - Marsha L. Fuller

P.O. Box 3623, Hagerstown, MD 21742

mfuller@fred.net

 

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LOST AND FOUND

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È Query: "Robert Harper and May Day are my grandparents on my Momís side of the family. They settled in Randolph County. Both grandparents can be found in the Federal Census. There is quite a bit of information on the Day side of the family in Pendleton County that can be traced. However, Iím stuck on Robert Harper. He can be found in the Census of 1880, his mother being Margaret "Peggy" Harper. After many hours of fruitless research thatís as far as I get. Does anyone have information about them?" - Ralph Taylor, P.O. Box 232, Deer Harbor, WA 98343, (360)317-1531, <ralson@interisland.net>

 

È Query: "Did you ever run down the copy of the Skidmore-Harper family history formerly owned by Mrs. Boggs of Franklin - or another copy of the same? I am still interested in putting the whole of it into the computer, and then printing a few copies for libraries." Warren Skidmore, 171 Goodhue Dr., Akron, OH 44313, (330)864-2787, <wskidmore@neo.rr.com> [This is the history written by Dr. Eli Akim Harper in the late 19th century. It was handed down to Lelia Harper Mauzy of Franklin - but did not descend to her grandson, Mike Karickhoff of Buchanan, WV.]

 

È Query: Where is the diary of Ezekiel "Zeke" Harper which is excerpted in History of Tucker County? Contact: Marsha Fuller

 

È Query: Does anyone know the whereabouts of the descendants of Rosie Harper and John Painter? How about their Family Bible? Contact: Marsha Fuller

 

È Query: If anyone has a Family Bible for any Harpers born before 1900, please photocopy the family births, deaths and marriages and send it to me. Thanks!

 

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Thanks to the generosity of my uncle, Dale Boyce Fuller of Cumberland, Maryland, we continue to have a Harper Family Website on the Internet at:

http://www.fred.net/mfuller

Anyone wishing me to post a query about Harper ancestors on this website can write to me or email me at: mfuller@fred.net

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In the interest of putting people in touch with each other who are following the same branches of our family, I'll be happy to publish names and addresses for each branch. Let me know if youíre interested in being on the list in next yearís newsletter.

 

Douglas A. Harper, 2418 South Shore Dr., Biloxi, MS 29532

Sara Harper, 4404 NW 26th, Oklahoma City, OK 73107

 

Roger A. Harper, Rt. 1 Box 61A, Lost Creek, WV 26385, <RHarper922@aol.com>

 

Muriel G. Hart, 749 Zelda Ct., Hendersonville, NC 28792

Jeannette Simkins, 1016 Lauren Ln., Goose Creek, SC 29445

Ted McDonald, HC 66, Box 45 G, Dryfork, WV 26263

 

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Copyright © 1999 Marsha L. Fuller All Rights Reserved.

 

 

CHANGES IN OUR FAMILY TREE

 

BIRTHS: J J J J

J Dale and Janet Walter announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, on March 26th. Dale is descended from a daughter of Jacob & Margaret Harper .

SORROWS: § § § § § John Larry "Bud" Ormand of Jourdanton, Texas passed away on March 6, 1997. He was a grandson of Peter and Sarah Jane (Kisamore) Harper.

 

 

HARPER FAMILY TREE

 

 

 

Philip Harper the Pioneer

 

Nicholas

Philip, Jr.

Jacob

1. Henry

1. Adam

1. Henry

2. George

2. Philip, III

2. Adam

3. Peter

3. Elias

3. Jacob, Jr.

 

4. Peter

4. Nicholas

 

 

5. Moses

 

 

6. Leonard

 

 

 

 

Jacob Harper the Pioneer

 

 

1. George

 

 

2. Nicholas

 

 

3. Adam

 

 

4. Jacob, Jr.

 

 

5. Henry

 

 

6. William D.

 

 

7. John M.

 

 

CORRECTIONS TO The Harper Family History:

 

*pgs. 149, 235 - The correct spelling of Susan Harper Wimerís third child is MAUD (no "e" at the end). This correction was supplied by her children, Jack and Jean.

 

Index Omissions - Jennifer Lynn Wood, p.183; Kathleen Harper Wade, p. 201,202; Willard Van Wymer, p. 223

 

 

Change of Address

Donít forget to send your new address to the Editor if you move!

 

 

Harper Pioneer Reunion in 2000!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reunion 2000

 

 

Celebrating

250 Years of Harpers in America

 

 

 

Reunion 2000

Celebrating 250 Years of Harpers in America

Friday, August 11, 2000 - Sunday, August 13, 2000

 

The rains of a thousand seasons have come and gone since the Harpers first set foot in America

 

Much of the area is unchanged in the ensuing 2 Ĺ centuries, a tribute to the love and respect which the people of West Virginia have for their land and their history. It is good to know that somehow, somewhere things have remained the same.

 

 

Here is the proposed schedule for the 2000 Reunion:

 

Friday

Banquet (Harper memorabilia display)

Old-Fashioned Square Dance

Saturday

Guided Bus Tour of Harper sites including

Harper cemeteries

Evening meal around the campfire with Hayrides

Sunday

Church Services in historic church

Picnic lunch at Harper Pavilion Tour of the

Jacob C. Harper homeplace and Cemetery

 

We will visit the original homestead of the Harper pioneers and see the site of the home where Philip and Anna Elizabeth Harper raised their family.

 

 

 

Libraries and courthouses for Harper research

Civil War camps and battlefields

Dolly Sods - federally designated wilderness

Seneca Rocks - rock climbing schools

Blackwater Falls

Backpacking, hiking, caving, canoe and kayaking

Walking tours

Golf

Smokehole Caverns and Seneca Caverns

Horse riding and biking

Historic sights

Augusta Heritage Workshops at D & E College

 

 

The Cruise Company, 1262 Vocke Rd.,

LaVale, MD 21502, (800)420-7245

cruise_co@mindspring.com

 

Yokumís Motel, Cabins and Camping (304)567-2351

Hedrickís 4-U Restaurant and Motel (304)567-2111

 

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MAIL TO: Harper Reunion 2000 Committee, P.O. Box 3623, Hagerstown, MD 21742

 

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